Death sentence upheld 
in killings of 2 in Ohio

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Despite arguments that he was mentally ill when he shot and killed two co-workers in 2007, the Ohio Supreme Court in Columbus on Thursday upheld Calvin C. Neyland Jr.’s convictions and death sentence.

By a vote of 5-2, the court upheld the former Toledo man’s convictions for the Aug. 8, 2007, killings at Liberty Transportation in Perrysburg Township, Ohio, during a meeting in which Neyland, a trucker, was about to be fired because of his increasingly erratic behavior.

Douglas Smith, 44, Neyland’s Sylvania Township branch manager, was worried enough about the meeting that he asked the company’s corporate safety director, Thomas Lazar, 58, of Belle Vernon, Pa., to attend. Both were killed.

The court’s majority rejected Neyland’s challenge to the constitutionality of the death penalty and his claim that he was mentally ill at the time of the killings.

Neyland, 50, remains Wood County’s sole inmate on Ohio death row at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution.



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